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Eversheds helps to secure planning permission for potash mine

Eversheds helps to secure planning permission for potash mine

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    Law firm Eversheds has assisted York Potash Limited in securing planning permission for a new potash mine in the North York Moors National Park. The company also received approval to build a 36.5km tunnel from the new mine at Sneaton, near Whitby, to Wilton in Redcar.

    The permission, issued by North York Moors National Park Authority, follows the authority’s decision to approve the cross-boundary application in June 2015 and represents a milestone in the York Potash Project.

    The decision notice from the Park Authority follows the negotiation and completion of a planning agreement securing in excess of £175m of payments to the National Park throughout the life of the project.

    The York Potash Project comprises:

    a) The mine (with minehead located at Sneaton near Whitby) and mineral transport system, being a 36.5km long tunnel with conveyor to transport the polyhalite from the mine to the Wilton facility at Teesside

    b) A materials handling facility at Wilton, granted permission by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

    c) A harbour facility at Teesside for export of the product

    Partner Morag Thomson and Senior Associate Laura-Beth Hutton in the Planning and Infrastructure Consenting team at Eversheds have advised on all aspects of the Project since 2013. This included dealing with the complex s.106 agreement which has just been completed.Morag commented:

    “We are delighted to have navigated the complex planning issues to achieve this permission which will assist York Potash Ltd with its exciting project.”

    Allan Gamble, Project Director at York Potash Ltd said:

    “Achieving consent for this nationally important Project is a major achievement. Morag and her team have provided invaluable support and we thank them for their continuing assistance.”

    Eversheds are also leading on the Development Consent Order application for the new harbour facility which is in the middle of its Examination with the National Infrastructure Directorate, with the decision expected in July 2016.


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